Oil Fields Bombed In First RAF Syrian Air Raid

Published at 01:06PM - 03/12/15

Oil and gas fields under the control of the self proclaimed Islamic State (IS), known in the Middle East region as Daesh, have been bombed.

The bombing raid was confirmed this morning by the British Defence Secretary, The Rt Hon. Michael Fallon, who said: “I can confirm that four British tornados were in action attacking oil fields in eastern Syria”.

British Parliament Vote

The bombing raid was carried out within hours of a vote by British MPs, in the Houses of Parliament, which produced an overwhelming verdict in favour of the action.

The vote followed a 10 hour debate in the UK Parliament on the matter.

Oil Field Bombing

Giving further details of the bombing raid, Mr Fallon told the BBC that, the bombing raid had targeted the Omar oil fields in eastern Syria, that are held under the control of Daesh. 

Mr Fallon said: I approved a series of targets, in the Omar oil fields, wellheads from which the oil production is derived, and this helps to finance Daesh, and the Tornados were successful in striking those targets.”

“All four Tornados have now successfully returned, and we’ll be assessing later this morning the actual damage done.”

The sir strikes were undertaken by RAF GR4 Tornados, equipped with 500lb Paveway bombs.

Mr Fallon said the aim of the bombing is to strike “a very real blow on the oil and revenue on which Daesh depends”.